May 8, 2014
Layer masks in Photoshop are white by default, they are not transparent—even though they control the opacity/transparency of the contents of the layer.
If you Option + (Mac) | Alt + (Win) -click on the layer mask thumbnail in the layers panel, you can view the contents of the mask. You will not see the checkerboard which, in Photoshop, represents transparency. Instead you will see white, black, or any shade of gray.
Where it might seem confusing is that the result of the mask is to show or hide the contents of the layer – in essence, hiding/revealing varying levels of transparency. But this is achieved by painting with shades of gray in the mask, not transparency.
March 11, 2014
Click here (2014 Favorite Layer Shortcuts) to download a compilation of some of the Layer shortcuts that I am going to share today in my compositing course at ADIM. Of course this isn’t a complete list, so feel free to search the blog for more in-depth tutorials, training, techniques and shortcuts for working with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.
February 26, 2014
Join me today, Wednesday February 26th, from 9:00 am – 10:30 am on creativeLIVE for 90 minutes of “Advanced Photoshop Layer Tips” during Photoshop Week. Then, stay tuned because from 10:45 am – 12:15 pm, I’ll be covering all sorts of tips and techniques to help speed up your workflow “Automating Camera Raw” in Photoshop. The best news, is that all of the courses are free during the live broadcast! And, if you’re in a different time zone, the sessions will be rebroadcast. See the complete schedule and RSVP here.
February 18, 2014
I’m really excited to announce that my new class: The Art of Photoshop Compositing is now live on www.lynda.com!
“Join Julieanne Kost as she walks you through her creative thought process and explains how she transforms concepts and raw images into entirely new works of art using Adobe Photoshop. Discover how to select the images you need to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Master the tools used in compositing, including adjustment layers, masking, blending, and Smart Objects, so that the technology doesn’t get in the way of expressing your creative vision. Learn how to adjust scale and perspective and manipulate texture and focus to help viewers temporarily suspend their disbelief long enough to enter your world.”
- What makes a good composite?
- Refining your story
- Composing using the basic principles of design
- Customizing your Photoshop workspace
- Preparing elements from your source images
- Adjusting color, tone, balance, and perspective
- Mastering the Pen tool
- Unifying with texture, focus, leading lines, and structure
I look forward to hearing your feedback!
February 5, 2014
Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -drag a layer in the image area with the Move tool creates a copy of a layer. You can also Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -drag in the Layers panel to duplicate layer(s) – select the layer(s) and drag until you see a heavy black line between the layers and release. Note, this also works with Layer Groups.
February 4, 2014
If the Move tool is selected, holding the Command (Mac) / Control (Win) key temporarily activates the Auto Select (Layer) feature. To use Auto Select, simply click in the image area over the desired layer to select it in the Layers panel. Note: if you prefer, you can check Auto Select (available in the Options bar when the Move tool is selected) to eliminate the need for the modifier key. You can also Shift click on additional layers to select them. To select a layer using the context sensitive menus, Control (Mac) / Right Mouse (Win) -click in the image area over the desired layer and select it from list.
February 3, 2014
In order to drag-select multiple layers, select the Move tool, enable (check) the Auto Select option in the Options bar and choose Layer from the pull-down list. Click and drag over content on a layer(s) with the Move tool (in the image area) to select the layers. This method works well if you have multiple layers and a Background. Otherwise, because you have the Auto Select feature turned on, clicking in the image area will select the first layer that you click on and begin to move it instead of selecting additional layers. Note: because a Background is locked by default, it is impossible to drag-select and therefore skipped by the Auto Select Feature. If you have layers that you do not want to auto select, lock them.
January 15, 2014
Adobe Photoshop CC 14.2 is now available! If you don’t see an update available for Photoshop in the Creative Cloud desktop application, it might be because of your time zone – the Creative Cloud desktop application only checks once a day. To force the CC desktop application to check for updates, quit the CC desktop app (click on the gear icon in the upper right and choose Quit). Then, launch the Creative Cloud desktop application again – it will check for updates upon launch.
These three videos will take you through my favorite new features:
Perspective Warp in Photoshop CC
Julieanne Kost, Adobe Principal Evangelist Photoshop and Lightroom, walks through the new Perspective Warp feature in Photoshop CC. Learn how to create quads, adjust the layout, and distort the perspective of an image.
Linked Smart Objects in Photoshop CC
Julieanne Kost, Adobe Principal Evangelist Photoshop and Lightroom, demonstrates Linked Smart Objects in Photoshop CC. Discover when to embed and when to link Smart Objects as well as learn how to update modified content, resolve missing files and filter based on Smart Object attributes.
Hidden Gems in Photoshop CC
Julieanne Kost, Adobe Principal Evangelist Photoshop and Lightroom, takes a close look at several feature enhancements and refinements made to scripted patterns including placing patterns along a path, rendering unique trees for concept, architectural and fine art images and scripted border designs. Learn how to unlock the background into a layer with a single click, choose recent colors from the swatches panel and add and change color readouts for multiple color samplers at once.
November 15, 2013
With the Move tool selected, Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -dragging a layer in the image area creates a copy of the selected layer(s).
You can also Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -drag in the Layers panel to duplicate a layer – select the layer(s) and drag (up or down) until yo see a heavy black line between the layers and release.
Command + J (Mac) | Control + J (Win) will also duplicate the selected layer(s). Note: this shortcut works for Layer Groups as well.
November 14, 2013
In order to drag-select multiple layers, select the Move tool and check the Auto-Select option in the Options bar. Click and drag over objects with the Move tool (in the image area) to select the layers. This method works well if you have multiple objects (layers) and a Background. Otherwise, because you have the Auto Select feature turned on, clicking in the image area will select the first layer that you click on and begin to move it instead of selecting additional objects (layers). Note: because a Background is locked by default, it is impossible to select and therefore skipped by the Auto Select Feature. So, if you have layers that you do not want to auto select, lock them. If you prefer to keep the Auto Select Layer unchecked (off), with the Move tool selected, you can use the keyboard shortcut Command (Mac) / Control (Win) to temporarily turn on the auto select functionality.
November 13, 2013
The Auto Select Layer/Group feature is found in the Options bar when the Move tool is selected. By default, the Auto Select feature is set to Auto-Select Groups (as opposed to Auto-Select Layer). To change this behavior, with the Move tool selected, check the Auto-Select box in the Options bar and choose Layer from the pull-down menu.
To use Auto Select, simply click in the image area over the desired layer to select it. To select additional layers, add the Shift key while clicking. If the Move tool is selected, holding Command (Mac) / Control (Win) temporarily activates the Auto-Select feature.
In addition, you can also select a layer using the context sensitive menus; Control (Mac) / Right Mouse (Win) -click in the image area over the desired layer and select it from the list.
November 12, 2013
While another tool is selected, holding the Command (Mac) / Control (Win) temporarily accesses the Move tool. Releasing the key returns you to the previous tool. Note: the Crop, Slice, Slice Select, Pen, Freeform Pen, Add Anchor point, Delete Anchor Point, Convert Point, Path Selection, Direct Selection, Shape and Hand tools are excluded from this shortcut.
October 11, 2013
To create a mask on a layer based on the transparency of another layer, in the Layers panel, select the layer that you want the mask to be added to. Then, drag the layer that you want to become the contents for the mask to the Add Mask Icon at the bottom of the Layers panel. Important: don’t click and release the mouse on the layer that you want to become the contents of the mask – clicking will select the layer, you need to drag that layer instead.
With the tree layer selected, drag the leaves layer to the mask icon.
The transparency of the leaves layer defines the new mask.
September 23, 2013
Photoshop CS6 introduced the ability to search/filter layers based on a number of parameters using the filter bar at the top of the Layers panel. Photoshop CC took search/filtering one step farther by adding the ability show only selected Layers (while temporarily hiding non-selected layers in the Layers panel), by choosing Select > Isolate Layers.
Layers are selected and then Select > Isolate Layers is chosen, hiding non-selected layers in the Layers panel. Notice that the filter in the Layers panel is activated (the switch is red to show that it’s “on”).
However, when “toggling off” or exiting Isolation mode, Photoshop CC simply turned off the filter in the Layers panel, instead of resetting the Layer Filter. Now, in Photoshop CC (v14.1), toggling Isolation mode “off”, resets the Layer Filter to default values .
The panel on the left shows Photoshop CC with Isolation mode toggled off (note that in the red square, the filter is toggled off). The panel on the right shows Photoshop CC (V14.1) with Isolation mode toggled off and we can see that the Layer Filter has been reset to it’s default values.
Note: Isolation Mode is inactive when using the Direct/Path Selection tools in Active Layers mode.
September 20, 2013
Dragging in the Layers panel to reposition a layer below a Layer Group can give different results than expected. In the example below, dragging and dropping the texture layer below the Cactus Layer Group, results in the texture layer being added to the Layer Group (inside of it, instead of below it).
Dragging the texture layer below the cactus group adds the texture to the layer group.
Instead, try clicking the disclosure triangle next to the Cactus Layer Group to close it (hide the contents), then drag and drop the texture layer below it.
Or, regardless of the state of the Layer Group (opened or closed) you can simply drag the Cactus Layer Group above the texture layer!